Category: Gear Review

Gear Review: RamRodz Gun Swabs


Every trip I take to the range ends the same way. I come home, change into something comfortable, lay out my cleaning supplies on the table, unpack and clear all the toys, grab a beer, put on the TV and start cleaning. By the time every piece is back in the safe my hands are black and the whole living room smells like gun oil (or mint if I use Frog Lube). Some people hate cleaning their guns. Some people see it as the the price you pay for going to the range, but I actually enjoy it . . .

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Gear Review: Wilson Combat Beretta 92/96 Short Reach Steel Trigger


The distance between the go-pedal and the backstrap on a 92 series handgun is approximately three inches. For some people it might as well be a mile. Small-handed shooters have always had a problem effectively grasping the Beretta 92′s trigger (as well as Big Gulps, footballs, etc.). Most can only shoot the gun effectively in single action (SA) mode. My medium-sized paws could handle the 92′s trigger reach, but it never felt comfortable per se. It was more of an inconvenience I accommodated to get to the SA pull. With the help of Wilson Combat’s Short Reach Steel Trigger, I aimed to fix this ergonomic malady . . .

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Gun Review: Springfield Armory XD-S 3.3″ 9mm

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By Michael Stephenson

What do the XD-S, the GLOCK 42, and the SIG P238 all have in common? Their announcement all set the gun community aflutter with one of two cries: either “Finally!” or, “When is it going to come out in 9mm?” Springfield Armory set a very high standard – albeit a heavy recoiling one – with its XD-S. It was reliable, compact, and accurate for a pocket gun. I’m proud to say that the XD-S 3.3″ 9mm lives up to that reputation. Minus the heavy recoil, of course . . .

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P320 Entry: Gun Review: Ruger 96/22


By David P.

I’m convinced that the Ruger Model 96/22 was conceived roughly this way:

Ruger Executive: “Gentlemen, the 10/22 continues to be a massive cash cow. But how can we make more money?”

Marketing Guy: “We could, uh, make a lever-action version of it?”

Ruger Executive: “Brilliant! Get to work on it! I want it on my desk next week!”

That was back in 1996, and Sturm Ruger cranked out Model 96/22 rifles in .22LR before production ended in 2009 . . .

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Gear Review: Telor Tactical T-Fit Ankle Holster

Telor T-fit ankle holster

The problem with ankle-carry: you have to take a knee (or hop around on one leg) to reach your piece. That can make getting your gat, and then moving and shooting, difficult. If you’re young and athletic it might not be much of a problem. If you spent your youth jumping out of planes, helicopters and/or trucks; if you played sports, or just generally have bad knees or a bad back, ankle-carry might not be for you. On the other hand . . .

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Gun Review: Beretta PX4 Storm Inox 9mm


By E.W.E. Hughes, Jr.

I’m a Beretta guy. I love their shotguns, pistols, the Beretta name, history, and legacy. The name Beretta seems to roll off the tongue like Maserati, Ferrari, and Lamborghini. It exudes a sense of quality and that sensuous Italian mystique that German, Austrian, Czech, and American firearms can never hope to achieve. Don’t get me wrong; I love all of my firearms, but my favorites are my Berettas. To be fair, I shoot extremely well with my GLOCK 22 and 27. But the GLOCK design is minimalism to an extreme. They’re one of the best examples of form following function in a modern pistol. But as reliable and competent as GLOCKs are, they leave me cold . . .

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